Hi all. I am currently in the market for a new O/U shotgun for clays and wing shooting and have narrowed my search down to the Beretta Silver Pigeon series. When I set off to gun shop to check out, I was under the impression that the SPi would be all I ever needed, until I lay my eyes on the SPiii and handled it. Now, if the SPiii was simply better looking, I would've happily going for the more modestly-priced sibling, but alas, the SPiii handled even better! The guy at the shop said that it was down to the cast-off on the more expensive model. That explains the handling. From what I can gather, both are built on exactly the same action, but considering that SPiii costs almost twice as much as the SPi, surely there must be other differences as well? Both are field models, SPi sports a 28" barrel, the SPiii has 30". The Beretta website isn't exactly the most helpful in pointing out the real differences between the two. In fact, the website mentions nothing of cast and claim they are the same gun with different wood and finishes. Does anyone know more? I look forward to your replies.